I have mixed feelings about Buzzfeed, even though it’s constantly lauded as a model for 21st-century reporting from people I respect in all corners of media. Still, I have to give it to them for bringing to my attention Simon Ings, whose career-defining Dead Water comes to the Cloud via our relationship with Independent Publishers Group.
“I was interested in recounting how a long friendship between two women could endure and survive in spite of good and bad feelings, dependence and rebellion, mutual support and betrayal.”—Italian novelist Elena Ferrante on her internationally acclaimed Neapolitan Trilogy in Vogue.
“You could call Mitchell a global writer, but that does not quite capture what he is doing. It is closer to say that he is a pangaeic writer, a supercontinental writer. What is for geologists a physical fact, that the world is everywhere interconnected, bound together in a cycle of faulting and folding, rifting and drifting, erosion and uplift, is, for Mitchell, a metaphysical conviction.”—Kathryn Schulz in her much-tweeted profile of novelist David Mitchell, whose forthcoming The Bone Clocks is popping up all over prepub ordering best sellers lists.
"As e-book subscription services grow their catalogs, the age-old institution trumps all": duh. What I’m not clear on is how Amazon could ever "beat" a public library firing on all cylinders. They’re different animals.
“The first chapters of this are the best I’ve read about 9/11, because they conjure the strange and extraordinary exhilaration of those early days after the attack, the heightened sense of existence that accompanies being present at the moment the world was transformed, however tragically.”—
The Economistholds forth about Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland (2008, Pantheon), cited in several sources as one of the best examples of fiction about 9/11, first and foremost Matthew Kirschenbaum’s syllabus for his spring 2014 class, The Literature of 9/11 at the University of Maryland, College Park.
See my list of outstanding 9/11 novels in CAT. (I promise to lighten the mood in my feed soon!)
As pointed out above, the fairer sex dominated the Hugo Awards last night in London. While Macmillan’s Tor imprint took home most of the brass, Ann Leckie’s debut novel, Ancillary Justice (from Hachette’s Orbit imprint), earned the overall title of Best Novel. Not too bad.
“When Punk the Capital filmmaker James Schneider approached D.C. Public Library about starting a punk-rock archive, he discovered that the library was already a step ahead of him. The D.C. Punk Archive is officially coming together at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.”—
Ally Schweitzer in her Bandwith piece about the coolest example of library outreach I’ve heard of in ages. Were you a punk rocker in D.C.? Do you have flyers, pins, T-shirts, posters, and other memorabilia in your closet? Share it in the spirit of community.
Quoth Cynthia Connolly, the beautiful mind and eyes behind the seminal book Banned in D.C.:
“Any subculture thrives on the passion of the people who are involved, and those little details are important.”
“In many ways, the last twelve years were not really about, hey, let’s talk about some books I’ve been reading. It was more about, how does one think through how one lives on the planet. How do you synthesize ideas, how do you follow a thought through centuries of other people’s thoughts.”—The best definition of reading I’ve read lately, compliments of book blogger Jessa Crispin in her good-bye post.
Yes a million times, Professor Lankes. It’s like you broke into my brain this morning.
"Libraries are shifting from collection-focused buildings to centers of innovation focused on communities. If you think of libraries as places filled with books, you are in for a bit of a shock. Any library that can be replaced by a $10 a month subscription to stuff SHOULD be replaced."
At the risk of sounding like a “book librarian” (a derogatory term in some circles), I’d argue that books remain an important brand for libraries, but I agree that libraries need to be bigger than books. The question for me is, how do they foster creation with books?
“Macmillan Publishers will be adding its full collection of frontlist ebooks to their public library e-lending pilot. It is the first time the company has made its catalog of ebooks published in the last twelve months available for lending in libraries.”—
Yes, you read that press release correctly: Cloud publishing partner Macmillan has officially exited its backlist pilot and will sell all frontlist to public libraries, barring consortia and K-12 and academic libraries (they have a separate contract to address K-12 content, which 3M does not currently support).
Grassroots organization files for incorporation as a non-profit organization in the state of Pennsylvania, and welcomes its first advisory board members, authors Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon
New York City, NY (July 28, 2014) More than…
This. Is. So. Bloody. Cool. See, social media can translate to “real” advocacy. School Library Journal's fine Diversity Issue had to help.
“One Saturday night, Tsukuru and Haida were up talking late as usual when they turned to the subject of death. They talked about the significance of dying, about having to live with the knowledge that you were going to die.”—Haruki Murakami in the excerpt of his highly anticipated novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Knopf). I hear fan girl and fan boy hearts fluttering.
“While the iPhone’s business continues to grow, the iPad is showing signs of slowing. The tablet sold 13.3 million units in the quarter, down 9 percent year-over-year and down 19 percent from the period between January and March of this year.”—
“What we have in these stories is actually something less like a childhood photograph, or juvenilia, or apocrypha, and more like the miraculous discovery that the beloved book you’ve read a dozen times has an extra chapter you’ve somehow never noticed. These stories don’t feel different; they feel like just her.”—Gerry Canavan breaks down Octavia Butler’s posthumously published short stories, “Childfinder” and “Necessary Being,” from Cloud publishing partner Open Road Media, in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
I kind of hate this New York Times headline. The real news is that Hachette Book Group bought Perseus Books Group. Both are partners with 3M Cloud Library, and, yes, there will no doubt be changes in how Perseus sells ebooks to libraries (currently, it’s one copy, one user).
My advice to Hachette is to experiment with the travel-, business-, science-, and history-heavy offerings of Perseus’s 12 imprints. Nonfiction ebook sales to libraries are still pretty marginal compared with adult fiction sales. They could use a boost.